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HEARRT (the Healthcare Environmental Awareness and Resource Reduction Team) Midwest connects healthcare professionals to encourage and support sustainability actions that improve environmental and community health and, reduce costs. 


In the late 1990s, the US EPA and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency began collaborating with healthcare organizations to assist them with mercury elimination (thermometers, sphygmomanometers, laboratory reagents, etc.), other toxic chemical minimization (e.g. dioxins from the incineration of poly-vinyl chloride) and solid waste reduction.   HEARRT 1.0 brought together healthcare facility representatives, vendors, local/state agencies, and the MN Hospital Association for over a decade (~1996-2010). 

Most US healthcare facilities are now mercury free, incineration of PVC has been reduced and many healthcare facilities are reducing their solid and infectious wastes. 

However, interest continued in a venue for healthcare environmental improvement professionals.  In 2014 HEARRT was resuscitated (now HEARRT Midwest) to deliver advocacy, education, networking opportunities and support to facilities working to achieve the triple aim using environmental sustainability. 

The recovery team was comprised of staff from CentraCare Health, Fairview Health Services, Hennepin County Medical Center, HealthPartners, Mayo Clinic, Ridgeview Medical Center,  the Minnesota Hospital Association, the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program, the Veteran's Administration Medical Center and Zimmer Environmental Improvement.


Currently HEARRT Midwest is steered by representatives from Allina Health, CentraCare Health, Fairview Health Services, HealthPartners, Mayo Clinic, the Minnesota Hospital Association, the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program, the Veteran's Administration Medical Center and Zimmer Environmental Improvement.  

HEARRT Midwest provides education, networking and support events three times a year. Contact us to be added to our email list.  

We look forward to you joining us!  


HEARRT Midwest thanks the following member affiliates:


Change is a comin': pharmaceutical waste management in Minnesota  

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

1:00-4:00 p.m.

Naegele Auditorium

Park Nicollet Clinic & Specialty Center

3800 Park Nicollet Blvd

St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Join us for an overview and Q&A of the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recently released hazardous pharmaceutical waste rules from both the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency  (MPCA) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). 


1:00 Welcome and introductions

1:10 Case studies in pharmaceutical waste reduction

1:15 Changes to pharmaceutical waste management in Minnesota

Josh  Burman, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

2:15 Break

2:30 The Drug Enforcement Administration's perspective 

Ginny McKenna, Drug Enforcement Administration

3:00-3:30  Vendor product solutions 

3:30-4:00  Q & A 

Who should attend?

Expected to begin in 2022, small- and large quantity generators generating pharmaceutical hazardous waste will be required to train any employees handling those wastes in hazardous waste management at least once within six months of beginning duties. The current exception for employees handling pharmaceutical wastes only in satellite accumulation containers will no longer apply. (MPCA, Regulatory consensus on healthcare waste issues)

This may include physicians, nurses, nursing assistants, surgical technicians, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, maintenance technicians, and environmental services staff.


Space is limited to 100. Please arrive early for check in.  

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